St. Andrew Church, Randolph, NJ PUBLISH DATE: April 26, 2009


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Parade in NYC - Sunday, April 26, 2009 HELLENIC INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE

The omogeneia is getting ready to participate in one of the biggest and most glorious events that take place every year on 5th Avenue in New York City, the capital of the world, the Greek Independence Day Parade. March 25th 1821 is one of the proudest moments in Greek history, which shows the meaning of freedom that the whole world has come to recognize and admire.
For the last 70 years, the Hellenic Federation in cooperation with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has organized the parade and this year the tradition continues.
The Greek Independence Day Parade will be held this year on Sunday April 26th, 2009, along 5th Avenue starting on 61st street and ending on 79th Street and 3rd Avenue. Starting time is scheduled for 1pm, the parade will end approximately at 5pm.

*A unit of the Presidential Guard of Greece (EVZONES)
will be participating this year.
St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church would like all organizations (Greek School, GOYA, AHEPA, Philoptochos, PTA, etc) to participate in the Greek Independence Day parade on Sunday, April 26th.
Every year, our church sponsors the trip to New York City. We are requesting $10 per adult (tips for driver and refreshments will be included); all children of Saint Andrew are free of charge. If a second bus is needed then a $30.00 fee will be charged per person. Departure time from our church parking lot will be no later than 12:15 p.m. and returning about 6:00 p.m.
We are asking all adult participants to wear navy blue with a white shirt and black or blue coat. We also ask that all participants not wear jeans. As for the Greek School participants, all students and GOYA, if possible, are to wear the Greek National Customs.
The Greek Independence Day Parade belongs to all members of the community of St. Andrew. We hope that this will be one of the most impressive parades ever. We need everyone’s help and cooperation regarding participation in this cultural event. We should all make sure that on Sunday April 26th, 2009 we would be on 5th Avenue-rain or shine-to proudly participate in this great event!
For more information regarding the Parade and Bus seating arrangements contact
George Diamantidis at (973) 989-0230 (H) or (845) 602-8586 (W)

UPCOMING EVENTS Coffee Hour today is hosted by St. Andrew PTA

May 3 Philoptochos, 5/10 GOYA 5/17 AHEPA & DOP, 5/24 PTA, 5/31 Agape


MONDAY 4/27 •@ 4:30-6:30pm HAS Classes
TUESDAY 4/28 •@12-5pm House Blessing in Lake Hopatcong, & Landing •@ 4:30-6:30pm HAS Classes •@6:30 Adult Greek Language Class
WEDNESDAY 4/29 @10am -2pm Knitting & Crochet Group/Daily Record interview

THURSDAY 4/30 •@10am Mazi Class •@11am HOPE Play Group
•@4:30-6pm HAS •@6:15-8pm Greek Dance Lessons •@8pm GOYA Dance
•@7pm Philoptochos Meeting

FRIDAY 5/1 •District Oratorical Festival in Wyckoff, NJ
SATURDAY 5/2 •GOYA Indoor SOCCER Tournament in Wall Township, NJ
SUNDAY May 3 •Please join us for a Special Coffee Hour hosted by Philoptochos Celebrating Fr. John’s 5th Anniversary at St. Andrew •@2pm Baptism
May 3-5 •Clergy Laity Conference NJ
May 4 •GRAND BANQUET OF THE GOC METROPOLIS OF NJ Clergy Laity Assembly & Philoptochos Convention @6:30 pm, Venetian, Garfield NJ (see insert)

May 7 •@10am HOPE field trip to Turtleback Zoo, NO Mazi class
May 8 •@6pm JOY Sights & Sounds
May 9 •GOYA Indoor Olympics in Perth Amboy, NJ
May 11, 18, 26 & June 2 •@7:30pm Book Discussion on Abba Dorotheos’ Practical Teaching on Christian Life (see insert)
May 10 •HAS Mother’s Day Program Kindergarten Class •Pancake Breakfast h/by GOYA
May 12 • @11am Agape Luncheon at the Randolph Diner • @7pm Parish Council Monthly Meeting •Greek Language Adult Classes last Day of Classes

Philoptochos Convention on May 4 •@6:30 pm, Venetian, Garfield NJ
Orthodox Christian who serve and contribute to the success of the ministries of the Greek Orthodox Communities of Northern New Jersey Region of our Holy Metropolis of New Jersey will once again be honored. A Stewart from our Community, Philoptochos, GOYA, and our Parish Secretary will be honored this year. The cost per person is $75.00. If you would like to attend the dinner, please contact the Church office and make arrangements ASAP.

Sponsored by St. Andrew Ladies Philoptochos Society
A Portion of the Proceeds Will Go to Charity

FESTIVAL - J u n e 12 • 13 • 14 Reserve this weekend for our church.
We need everybody`s help, before, during and after. Come and sign up for a specific job at the church or contact by e-mail: George Kalas ( Steven Mitrakos (

Fun, Food, Music, Dancing, Shopping.. Entertainment for all. To benefit St. Andrew Community Center & Charity

J u n e 12 • 13 • 14
Friday 11AM -2PM & 5PM—11PM
Saturday 12NOON - 11PM
Sunday 12NOON - 8PM

BMW - Raffle 2009 BMW 328i xDrive (4 wheel drive)
MSRP $38,800 • Tickets $20 each • Drawing 6/28/09
Call the church office to volunteer to help us sell tickets in front of the church any day/any time in May and June!

Leveraging Your Stewardship Employer Matching Gifts
Your employer or your spouse`s employer may offer a program that matches charitable gifts. Matching gifts can multiply your gifts to St Andrew. Some employer matching gift programs exclude churches. However, many of them will make matching gifts to for educational and charitable purposes. The Hellenic Afternoon School is not a religious program, it is an educational and cultural program, and has been approved by some employers for a matching gift. In addition, the St. Andrew Philoptochos is a charitable organization that gives to the needy regardless of religious affiliation, and may also be approved for a matching gift. Finally, employers may run special charitable giving drives which have different rules than their standard matching gifts programs.

To find out if your and/or your spouse`s employer has a matching gift program, contact the employer`s human resources department.
For more information, please call the Church Office

Buy-a-Brick deadline extended! Due to the great response we`ve gotten for Buy-a-Brick Phase 2, we are extending the deadline to April 1st. Bricks are great for memorials, or to commemorate any occasion, person, business, etc. Look for forms in the church hall and office, or contact Teresa Demetriou at 973-442-1343 for more information. Buy-a-Brick today and have your personal message be part of St. Andrew`s walkway forever.

Choir Rehearsals All interested in joining the choir please come to our rehearsals on Thursdays @ 7pm.
If you have any questions or concerns about our choir please contact Alex Vlasis

GREEK DANCING THURSDAY @6:15pm Greek Dance Lessons
contact Anastasia Mitrakos for more information about Registration

THURSDAY @8pm GOYA Dance Practice contact Cathy Barrett to join GOYA Dance Group with dance instructor Angelo Gergatsoulis

gently used toys Dear Parishioner of St. Andrew,
We are seeking donations of: gently used toys especially musical type for our classroom.
Our students, who are multiply impaired, get much enjoyment and input from toys of this nature.
If you are able to make a donation, it would be greatly appreciated.
Donations may be left at the church;
there will be a sign indicating drop off area.
For more information please contact
Irene Melekos (862) 268-2212,
assisting im MD Class at local school in Flanders, NJ

St. Andrew Orthodox Book Store Visit our St. Andrew Book Store located downstairs in the new Community Center. of the most complete Orthodox bookstores in the area. A wonderful variety of books, icons, prayer ropes, CDs, DVDs, and more. Open during office hours, and after services, meetings.

Chess Club -2nd & 4th Thursday of Month @ 6:15pm Improving chess skills can be excellent opportunity for young and old alike to learn to focus. It has also proved to be an easy way for us to meet and interact with other members of the community. If you want to learn the game, then come and join us. If you are interested please contact Chris Tsamutalis ( I will add you to our email list and inform you of all future gatherings. We plan to meet at the church about twice a month at a time that is convenient for all. The club is open for parishioners of all ages and abilities.

Warm the Children “Warm the Children”, a program run by Saint George in Clifton, is aimed to help orphaned children ages 6-18. These children live in orphanages in Belarus, Albania, and Russia under almost sub-human conditions. They are desperately in need of warm, winter clothing and our Philoptochos is committed to helping them. We will concentrate on the older children. If you can bring to church NEW sweaters, hooded sweatshirts, socks and other warm clothing, we would greatly appreciate it.

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